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Emergency! Season Three

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With sirens screaming and red lights blazing, the Emergency! team is back in all 22 gripping Season Three episodes on five discs. Reunite with paramedics Roy DeSoto (Kevin Tighe) and John Gage (Randolph Mantooth) as they race to scenes of danger, death and destruction in order to bring help to L.A.'s most needy victims. Waiting for them on the other end of the line is the intelligent staff of Rampart Hospital, including dedicated program supporter Nurse Dixie McCall (Golden Globe nominee Julie London). One of the first shows to realistically portray life as an EMT, or emergency medical technician, this engaging season features guest stars Kathleen Quinlan, Nick Nolte and Deidre Hall. Get ready for every heart-racing moment as the Emergency! team comes to the rescue in the engaging Season Three episodes!

More medical drama and firefighting adventures await the Emergency! fan in this multi-disc set, which compiles all 22 episodes of the action series' 1973-74 season. Story-wise, there's not much change at either Rescue Squad 51's headquarters, which housed Roy DeSoto (Randolph Mantooth) and John Gage (Kevin Tighe), or at Rampart Hospital (home to doctors Robert Fuller and Bobby Troup and head nurse Julie London), though Roy must decide whether to become an engineer or stay with the paramedics in "The Promotion" (Episode 7), and Troup's Dr. Joe Early discovers he has a heart condition in "The Hard Hours" (Episode 19). But story arcs and character change wasn't the fuel that drove Emergency!; it was the rescues, and naturally, there are plenty to be found here, from a motorcycle gang war (season opener "Frequency"), a rocker in a diabetic coma (Episode 4, "An English Visitor") and a singer who suffers a heart attack (Episode 12, "Body Language") to a footballer (Dick Butkus) who is tackled too roughly by his own son ("The Hard Hours") and a magician who locks himself in a safe (Episode 14, "Computer Error"). Guest stars rescued and treated by the regulars this season include a youthful Nick Nolte, Mariette Hartley, Happy Days' Donny Most, and '60s heartthrob Bobby Sherman. Unfortunately, as with previous Emergency! DVD releases, there are no extras, though the episodes are spread across five single-sided discs rather than on double-sided discs. -- Paul Gaita

Special Features

  • 22 episodes on five discs

Product Details

  • Actors: Kevin Tighe, Randolph Mantooth, Julie London, Bobby Troup, Robert Fuller
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: February 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 1047 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LC4C60
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,939 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Emergency! Season Three" on IMDb

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Erik Rupp VINE VOICE on February 16, 2007
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When it was first announced that Emergency was going to be released on DVD I was very excited. I grew up on this show, and it still holds up well today. In fact, Emergency was the groundbreaker that lead directly to E.R.

I loved watching it again on TV Land, but was disappointed that they used the final season theme/credits for all episodes. It may seem like a trivial thing, but I've always loved the theme song that they used from seasons 3-5. I've been dying to hear that full theme song - with the Jazzy mid section - for over 20 years. I'm still waiting.

Universal chose not to put out the original versions of these episodes, instead using the versions given to TV Land. Now, the episodes that I've seen so far appear to be full length, but I've only watched the first two and scanned through the rest. (Update - it looks like just about all of the episodes are full length.) The decision to go with the versions that have the wrong theme song/credits is perplexing, though.

They dug deep and found the original versions from seasons 1 & 2, why couldn't they do the same with season 3?

The picture and sound quality for the Season 3 Box Set is acceptable, but not as good as seasons 1 & 2 (both of which were flawed in authoring/mastering, but had good source material). What happened? A year wait and this is the best they can do? I know these aren't the biggest sellers Universal has, but they're selling well enough to warrant releasing all seasons, so why not continue to do at least the same quality job that they did with seasons 1 & 2? It makes no sense.

The quality of the episodes of this classic show more than calls for the purchase of this box set, but it is a disappointing release, and I hope that Universal gets it right for Season 4! (Come on guys - ORIGINAL, CORRECT Theme Songs, and better picture & sound quality!)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Gin on February 11, 2007
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I can vividly remember watching Emergency as a kid and being in awe of the things that Gage and DeSoto were able to do as Paramedic Firefighters. Back then I could not wait for The Price is Right to be over so that Emergency would come on...

As I got older I found myself drawn to the field of Emergency Medicine and at 16 I started as a volunteer at the local ambulance squad, and at 18 became a NY State EMT. I went on to work at NYC EMS and in fact met my husband of going on 26 years while at EMT class. Without this show I would not have married my husband or had my 3 children. I am sure the creators of this show never imagined that it would have such impact of so many lives!

I have seasons 1 & 2 and preordered season 3 and as soon as it arrives my husband and I will sit down and watch it without fail...
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By R. W. Corrigan on February 9, 2007
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I'm a fire captain in a major northeastern city, and Emergency! was a great influence on me as a kid. Now my children are the age of when I used to watch the show, and watching it with them is a way for me to help them understand what I do, and a show that we can all enjoy together. There are so few good shows on T.V. these days that all of us can enjoy together, and "Emergency!" in one that really brings us togther. I am surprised how much my kids love this show, but I guess I shouldn't be!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Patricia L. Grove on March 1, 2007
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Since I got this set a week ago, I have spent most of my spare time watching it. I keep telling myself, it's time to put the DVD away, only to find myself watching enough episode.

The best one to me is "The Waiting Hours," about Dr. Early's double bypass (not a routine operation back in the 70's.) The fear and worry on Dixie's face is real (after all, Bobby Troup was Julie London's real-life husband.) Once again, clam chowder plays a role in this Jack Webb show(both Dragnet and Adam-12 also had episodes that featured it.)

Other highlights are "Inferno" and "Fools" (featuring Bobby Sherman as a cocky intern.) And who can forget Gage treating himself in the field after being bitten by a rattler in the brush? There's also the more lighthearted moments, like Chet besieging Gage with practical jokes. But even if the plot of the day sounds a bit silly, there's always one or two rescues that get the blood flowing (or the funny bone tickling.)

People are complaining about the quality of the DVD's. Generally, I don't think it's so bad considering the age of the shows. However, there are a few episodes (the ones with the "Season 6" credits) that are poor quality, especially the one with the abusive mom. Interestingly, the DVD's seem to bring out things that weren't intended to be noticed in the 70's. For example, at a 5-alarm fire, you can tell that Engine 5 was really the old 51 engine (you can very clearly see the tape covering the 51.) But that's part of the charm.

This seems to be the best season released so far (the proof being that I didn't devour the first two seasons like this.)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By calvinnme HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 5, 2007
I was quite surprised to see that not one but three seasons of Emergency are out on DVD or pending. I remember watching this great show on Saturday nights back when I was in high school. In those days, the networks put the good TV shows on Saturdays. Today, Saturday night is a graveyard for the pseudo-cancelled. It's hard to believe that 35 years ago the concept of the paramedic was a novel one, and this is a great show about the problems and personal lives of those involved in those early days of the program.

Emergency kept the pace fast and interesting with a combination of strange, dramatic, and even humorous cases. More unusual cases this season include the rescue of a boy trapped inside his own homemade rocket, a man who has difficulty breathing because he has swallowed his partial dental plate, an amateur magician trapped in a safe, a bank robbery hostage has symptoms of a heart attack and the paramedics have to treat him at gunpoint, a patient with an earache caused by mothballs, and an artist trapped inside his own sculpture.

The personal side of Emergency is interesting too. The chemistry between paramedics John Gage and Roy DeSoto is great and their various misadventures are frequently humorous. They're good friends but quite different people. Roy is a family man through and through, and John is a carefree single guy. I remember one particularly funny conversation in which John is actually thinking about marriage but is not sure he and the girl have known each other long enough. He asks Roy how long he knew his wife before they got married and Roy says 12 years. When John says that is a ridiculous period of time to wait, Roy mentions that he and his wife met in the fourth grade. That's a pretty typical conversation for the two. I highly recommend this series. If you've never seen it, even though medicine has changed drastically, it is still good entertainment. Highly recommended.
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emergency season 1-7 available
The eppys on there are bootlegged copies. There are only the first 2 Seasons that are out and Season 3 will be coming Feb. 13th.

For the "real deal" only order from or Universal when each Season is released.
Jan 2, 2007 by gagesgirl51 |  See all 4 posts
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I too wish they would move things along.
For those of us who don't get TV Land,
it would be greatly appreciated!

I think it would be cool for some DVD narration from the stars too.

Let's get movin' Universal!

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